Murder Investigation Update: Rachel Hoffman

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agents were scouring the shoulder along Bannerman Rd. in Tallahassee Wednesday morning.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Sgt. Tony Drzewiecki told Eyewitness News that the search is connected to the investigation of 23-year-old Rachel Hoffman. Hoffman was killed while working as a confidential informant for the Tallahassee Police Department.

Her family attorneys are still waiting for answers.

Danielle Joyner Kelley, one of Hoffman family attorneys said,"Details are coming in sketchy. We are tying to piece everything together that we know right now to make sense of this."

Hoffman was working as a confidential informant for TPD after her April 17th drug arrest. According to police, she disobeyed instructions by meeting 25-year-old Andrea Green and 23-year-old Deneilo Bradshaw on her own during an operation May 7, in Tallahassee.

Hoffman's body was found two days later in rural Taylor County.

Bradshaw's neighbor, on Sunburst Loop in Tallahassee, had no idea that he was the one involved.

Betty Anderson, Deneilo Bradshaw's neighbor said, "It kind of makes me nervous, real nervous. I didn't know him. A lot of them hang over there. I just sit in my house and tend to my business."

Bradshaw and Green were well known at their freelance job at the detailing and tint shop on Tennessee St.

Their boss Travis Keels said they were fired just days before Hoffman's murder.

Keels released this statement: "No illegal activity at anytime occurred with the acknowledgment of Aqsi management team."

Neither Bradshaw nor Green have been charged with murder. State Attorney Willie Meggs said he's waiting for FDLE to complete the investigation.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The state attorney in Tallahassee says
the case of a murdered drug informant is the first one he's seen in
which his office was not contacted by police before the drug bust
went down.
Twenty-three-year-old Rachel Hoffman was killed last week after
the drug deal went awry. Police say murder charges are pending
against the two men who met her for that drug deal.
Police arrested Hoffman for allegedly having marijuana and
ecstasy in her apartment. But they never booked her into jail or
told the state attorney's office about the situation, even though
she was in a court drug diversion program for a previous marijuana
arrest.
Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs says police never
contacted his office before Hoffman was recruited as a confidential
informant.
Meggs says he doesn't think that has ever happened before,
though he can't say for sure if police have kept him out of the
loop on such cases in the past.


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